I recognize this is a bit of an old thread, and I welcome any redirect to a more current conversation.
I recently started working for the Navy on AI for autonomous navigation of mid-sized to larger vessels (100’ to 1000’) in threateningly high seas (8m or greater wave height), and I was wondering, based on the experience of mariners who have been through it, what would be the most important information to have about the environment and the ship?
Clearly, having statistics about the mean swell direction and height is not enough, you need to know if the ship has the power to maintain steering-way in that sea and what is the best course to cut through the wave field. But I also wonder how actively the ship is being steered or throttled, and what other information from the environment is being used. For example, is the “real local” swell direction moving around and the ship has to constantly adjust course to cut the best path into the waves under power?
I am an AI guy and an oceanographer secondarily, but not a ship’s captain by any stretch, so any ideas are helpful!